Written by Alli Jacobs, Teen Librarian, Walnut Hills Branch
The pandemic has been especially hard on children and teens. School changed dramatically, many had limited socialization with friends, and they absorbed the stresses that adults experienced during this difficult time. It's more important than ever to support their social and emotional growth.
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, opens a new window, "Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions."
Library Resources for Social-Emotional Growth
Big emotions can be a challenge for adults to help their kids navigate, but the Library has the following suggestions to help.
#1 Attend Outdoor Storytime
Come to an outdoor storytime or event to soak up some nature and socialize with others.
#2 Enjoy Mindful Coloring
#3 Listen to Music
Download peaceful music from Freegal — you may download seven free songs a week with your library card.
#4 Watch Movies and Documentaries
Access Kanopy for documentaries and movies that allow you to explore your emotions.
#5 Attend Live Homework Help Sessions
Help reduce school stress (or summer homework stress) by getting Homework Help.
#6 Watch a Storytime Video
Unwind after a long day with a Storytime at Home video on the Library's YouTube channel.
#7 Attend a Seed Swap
Create a mindfulness garden by picking up plants and seeds at our upcoming Community Plant and Seed Swap.
#8 Practice New Art Skills
Learn to draw, paint, and get crafty with the videos and classes from expert artists on Creative Bug.
#9: Read Books About Social and Emotional Health
Find a book to learn more and kickstart conversations about social and emotional health. These recommendations from our staff are tailored for various age groups:
Keep in touch with the Library's latest information and events for families on our kids page.